you can't make an omelet without breaking (a few) eggs

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you can't make an omelet without breaking (a few) eggs

Sometimes, you have to do unpleasant things in order to complete a task or meet a goal. Your students clearly don't respect you. I know you don't want to yell at them, but can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. If I don't cut people's salaries, the company is going to go bankrupt. It's unfortunate, but you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

If you say you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, you mean that it is impossible to achieve something important without there being some bad effects. Note: `Omelette' is usually spelled `omelet' in American English. You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. If you want universal health care there's just no way of getting it without us putting more money into it. The group does appear to be setting new reporting standards but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.

you can’t make an ˌomelette without breaking ˈeggs

(saying) you cannot make an important change in something without causing problems for somebody: I know that all these changes in the industry are painful to many people, but you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
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